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Roberto Gomez Bolanos dies at 85; Mexican comedian known as Chespirito
Roberto Gomez Bolanos dies at 85; Mexican comedian known as Chespirito

Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the Mexican comedian who wrote and played the boy television character el Chavo del Ocho that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday, the Televisa television network said. He was 85. Known as Chespirito, he changed comedy in Latin America, taking his inspiration from Laurel and Hardy as well as Mexico's other transcendent comedian who eventually made it to Hollywood, Cantinflas. The cause of death was not immediately announced. Gomez Bolanos' two most famous characters were el Chavo del Ocho, who lived in the homes of Latin America and beyond with his barrel, freckles, striped shirt and frayed cap, and the naive...

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